Thursday, March 12, 2009

Send in the Clowns

Good morning, Dear friends and Prayer Partners! This is the day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! When I stepped outside about 6 AM The moon was still brightly shining, even though a little lop-sided. Now, the sun is shining, as usual, and the day will be warm.

Yesterday as I was taking some lemon cake to Mike at Sawgrass, I saw a gator's tail on the bank, but the rest of the gator was in the water..guess his tail needed some sun.:o) Mike and a volunteer have been working on locating all the gopher tortoise holes in the Park, and were using an Earth Google photo. I was amazed that the white sand shows up clearly, indicating where the holes are. Mike is worried about the gophers being vulnerable to the dogs and people that can now walk to where they are, since the fence was taken down. He is very interesting to talk to. While I was there, he had a phone call from someone who wanted to know who owned the place. Mike told him "As a matter of fact, you do. This is a public park belonging to the taxpayers." Click. End of telemarketing. He gets several calls like that periodically.

From the book Quiet Moments with God for Teachers:

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart as working for the Lord, not for men.
Colossians 3:23

When the circus came to town, posters, bulletin boards, billboards announced the performance dates, and TV commercials urged everyone to "Come one, come all!" The most anticipated performance of all the acts were the clowns. With their crazy antics and outlandish costumes, they livened up each performance.

Clowns work hard at their profession. In fact, in order to travel with the Ringling Bros. Circus, clowns must successfully complete clown college-an intense course of study that covers everything from makeup to pratfalls,costuming to making balloon animals, juggling to sleight of hand. Only after clowns have mastered all of these skills can they take their place in the circus ring.

As Sheila stood at the stove sauteing vegetables for supper, she sensed a connection to this group of performers in the circus. Though she didn't wear a costume or makeup, she worked hard at juggling-balancing her time among home, family, students, friends and church. She wasn't skilled at card tricks or sleight of hand, but she could work "magic," explaining math concepts in ways any student could understand. And while she might not know the ins and outs of balloon animal art, Sheila make lots of other things, from costumes for school plays to crafty Christmas gifts and decorated birthday cak

God's Word says that we are to work at whatever we do with all our hearts, remembering that whatever we do is for the Lord. Whether we're clowns or cooks, tightrope walkers or teachers, we need to work hard at our professions. And when we do, we might just provide our students and families with some laughter along the way!

The average person puts only 25 percent of his energy and ability into his work.
Andrew Carnegie

I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!

Love and hugs,